Thursday, July 31, 2008

Victoria's Eddington plan goes to consultation

Victorian residents and other stakeholders will be able to help shape the state’s transport plan through a series of government-led round tables in August and September.

Premier John Brumby said the Government wanted to hear the views of as many people as possible before a comprehensive transport plan is delivered at the end of this year.

“The 2,200 submissions received in response to Sir Rod Eddington’s East West Link Needs Assessment report showed there is a range of views in the community about Victoria’s transport priorities for the future.

“We are now holding more localised consultation, so communities can tell the Government about their local priorities.”

Local Government and peak groups across the various industries will be invited to attend transport round tables in areas including Geelong, Traralgon, Bendigo, Ballarat, Doncaster and Footscray.

The round tables will be followed by a summit to be chaired by the Premier in September, which will revolve around transport and urban planning.

“The job at hand is to listen to all available views before making the necessary decisions to build the best transport system for Victoria,” he said.

“The transport plan we will deliver by the end of the year will help drive our economy, make our communities more liveable and our State more sustainable.”

Invitations to round tables and public information about community summits will be made available in coming weeks.

Read the original article at Transport & Logistics News

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